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This article is the author’s final published version in Academic Pathology, Volume 10, Issue 1, February 2023, Article number 100069.

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Patient safety is a critical component of quality patient care at any healthcare institution. In order to support a culture of patient safety, and in the context of a hospital-wide patient safety initiative at our institution, we have created and implemented a new patient safety curriculum within our training program. The curriculum is embedded in an introductory course for first-year residents, in which residents gain an understanding of the multifaceted role of the pathologist in patient care. The patient safety curriculum is a resident-centered event review process and includes 1) identification and reporting of a patient safety event, 2) event investigation and review, and 3) presentation of findings to the residency program including core faculty and safety champions for the consideration of implementation of the identified systems solution. Here we discuss the development of our patient safety curriculum, which was trialed over a series of seven event reviews conducted between January 2021 and June 2022. Resident involvement in patient safety event reporting and patient safety event review outcomes were measured. All event reviews conducted thus far have resulted in the implementation of the solutions discussed during event review presentations based on cause analysis and identification of strong action items. Ultimately this pilot will serve as the basis by which we implement a sustainable curriculum in our pathology residency training program centered on supporting a culture of patient safety, and in line with ACGME requirements.

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